The Evolution of the Collingwood Public Library

The wait was worth it.

After more than a decade of wishing, planning, detours and controversies, we FINALLY have a new library in Collingwood.  And what a library it is!

According to an article in the Enterprise-Bulletin, people were lined up before the doors first opened on April 6th and, I can only imagine that not a single one would have been disappointed.  The first thing that stuck me was the open and airy main entry hall which serves as the hub leading to specific areas side to side and up.  There is art everywhere with professional display systems and wonderful lighting.  Stain glass panels on each end of each floor figure prominently as do the donor walls made from bricks salvaged from the old Carnegie Library.

In the entryway to the children’s area on the south side of the building , there is a spectacular tree made of environmentally friendly, human-made products.  It is so real and textured that it invites touch which I certainly did almost to the point of embarrassing myself.  If a person can fall in love with a tree, then that is what may have happened.  The kids have a cheerful  and bright seating area plus their own computer work stations as does just about every other section of the library.  The teens have their own area as do tweens – that sometimes in-between age group that is neither child nor adolescent.

The geneology area has been greatly expanded as have public computer work stations.  No matter where you turn, the building is bright, comfortable, welcoming and superbly designed with input from an incredibly competent and committed staff.  Public meeting rooms have already been well used in the first two weeks.

The team have applied to certify the building now to a LEED Gold standard which would make it only the second library in Canada to achieve that status.  The community can be proud of this new asset and better yet, can enjoy it for many years to come.


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